Soft and Pretty Paintings


Working mostly with oil on panel, Mary Jane Ansell paints realistic portraits that have an etherealness and vulnerability to them. Notice the light and shadows in her work and the backgrounds she paints her subjects in.

"I find it fascinating to explore the way light can be used to focus attention on certain details, or to conceal others,” Answell says. “Colours, contours and textures are more clearly defined by the play of light and shadow, and become as symbolic and loaded with meaning as any other element in the work.

“A reoccurring theme in my work is the editing out of environment – to allow for greater focus on the central character and the objects they interact with.”













Mary Jane Ansell’s website



January 21, 2017

Stunning Photos of Trains Roaring Through Picturesque Landscapes

There’s something romantic about train travel. As you sit and watch the world pass by, it offers a firsthand look at a landscape that’s both intimate and fleeting—truly a moving picture. Many routes take passengers (or cargo) through otherwise desolate lands with adventures along the snow-capped mountains, tall grasslands, and dense forests. Through stunning train photos, photographers pay homage to these journeys. Their awe-inspiring portraits capture the hard-working locomotives among grandiose settings.

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January 20, 2017

Rainbow Labyrinth Light Installation Immerses Visitors in a Technicolor World

Architecture and design firm Brut Deluxe has designed a dazzling light installation for the Luneng Sanya Bay Light and Art Festival in China. This rainbow labyrinth titled Yǔzhòu is an immersive experience that brings visitors inside a technicolor world. Brut Deluxe, which is headed by Ben Busche, focuses their work on everything from ephemeral art installations to industrial design, with an eye toward social and aesthetic qualities.

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